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UnknownHanford Science Forum (ca. 1957)

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Television program (one of a series) sponsored by General Electric Company for telecasting to residents of the Richland, Washington area. This interview with Dr. Richard F. Foster, manager of the Aquatic Biology Division at the Hanford plutonium plant, presents his research that the plant's radioactive effluents have no effect on aquatic life in the Columbia River. Also featured is an interview with "science student of the week" Doyle Burke, senior at Columbia High School.

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Producer: Unknown
Sponsor: General Electric Company and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission at Hanford
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Atomic-nuclear: Weapons; Cold War; Richland, Washington

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Reviewer: ERD. - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - August 28, 2007
Subject: Not Really!
Even low amounts of radiation can be harmful and would not be tolerated today. Lots of misinformation back in 1957- but then again, someone was making a profit. Wonder how the high school student got the bones of the dog. He seemed to lack emotions.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 25, 2003
Subject: D'oh!
This 'science geeks unite!' film is quite fascinating as it features a host talking to an expert about radiation in the Columbia River. Natureally, being 1957m the expert poo-poo's any radiation harm the fish or wildlife would be exposed to. Why, they're testing right now, how much radiation is too much! This is all presented in a silly Mr. Science type of set, and it is really GREAT. After the expert, a science fair high school winner is introduced, with his prize winning entry, a dog's skeleton! (?) How this was done is never explained. The host asks what the kid wants to do when he gets out of school, and the kid wants to go into forestry. Pressing the kid, the host asks out of the blue about Radiation, to which the kid gives sort of a standard answer, FULL of no-really-radiation-is-good-for-you talk, this is a MUST SEE on this site!


TV host holding a fishing rod.
Interview with Dr. Richard F. Foster, manager of the Aquatic Biology Division at the Hanford plant
His work is to study aquatic life in the Columbia River
Freudian slip: Òwe have a u-nuke kind of effluent in the Columbia RiverÓ
Various plankton, clams, crayfish, fish (bullhead, sturgeon), etc. in jars are examined
They gather specimens, cremate them, then measure radioactivity in counter
They also take water samples in special depth-weighted bottles

The results: fish pick up small amounts of radioactive material, Ònot at all hazardous.Ó ÒFrom this angle, the operation of the plant is quite safe.Ó
Interview with Science Student of the Week: Doyle Burke, senior at Columbia High School.
His winning exhibit: a mounted and assembled dog skeleton, won prize in Zoology and first prize in science fair
His work sponsored by GE and the Atomic Energy Commission